Tools to Use: Randy Singer – Macintosh Email Software

Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the award-winning and well-loved Macintosh Bible, author of the ABA’s The Macintosh Software Guide for the Law Office, writer of the MacAttorney Newsletter, and popular presenter, has an excellent page listing current email software, email utilities, and email archiving software. If your members are looking for mail applications that run on the Mac OS, this is another great resource from Randy’s collection of helpful pages.

Macintosh Email Software

Thanks again to Randy for being such a wonderful resource for the community of Apple users!

Apple Support on YouTube: Conversation Boost, Mirrored Selfies, and more

Looking for a short presentation for your next meeting? Apple Support’s YouTube channel offers great tips that can be an interesting addition to a group meeting. Each video is under 2 minutes, easy to follow and interesting.

For example, How to turn on Conversation Boost with AirPods Pro on iPhone and iPad describes how to use Conversation Boost to enhance the ability to hear conversations in crowded or noisy situations. There’s even a short how to for taking mirrored selfies with iPhone, so your photo looks just like you see yourself in the mirror.

Ambassadors: April is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.

Turn on Conversation Boost

Take a Mirrored Selfie

Get Started with Magnifier on your iPhone

Meeting Idea: Learn More About Apple Desktops and Displays

Apple Peek PerformanceApple announced an amazing new desktop and display during the March Peek Performance event. So, your members might have questions: which desktop meets different needs? How do the displays differ?

The good news is that ASW has two documents that offer quick comparisons across Apple’s desktop and display offerings. Why not check out Apple displays — Lineup (L594922A-en_US) and Mac desktops — Lineup (L594921A-en_US)?

Ambassadors, this could make for a useful part of a Peek Performance-themed meeting.

https://asw.apple.com/

CPUG: 2022 SuperMeetup in Las Vegas

2022 SuperMeetup CPUG

 

If you have been to a SuperMeet during NAB you know why each SuperMeet is are considered a premier marquee community event. And, you have probably missed the opportunity to be with the creative pro community due to the pandemic. The good news is that there is a special event planned for SuperMeet fans during NAB: 2022 SuperMeetup. Worried about crowds? No worries; the 2022 SuperMeetup is being held outdoors at Bear Park, a cool rooftop park at heart of the strip in sunny Las Vegas on Monday, April 25. 

This is one that you won’t want to miss. Join your peers in post production and broadcast communities, including creatives, collaborative editors, filmmakers, digital content creators and their associates, for complimentary drinks & light food, networking and amazing giveaways (believe me, truly amazing) – and grow your connections to help you move forward and empower your creativity!

Tickets? Eventbrite – 2022 SuperMeetup tickets (more…)

Meeting Ideas: Today at Apple: Video Walks, Photo Walks and more

Have you ever wondered why some videos are amazing while others feel like traditional family vacation shots? If so, your group might enjoy three new sessions from Today at Apple. Better yet, Apple has resumed on-site sessions in some locations. So, your group is able to either attend a virtual session or, in some locations, an on-site presentation.

What’s on offer? Video Walk: Manipulating Time, where attendees can learn how to add energy to videos by manipulating time. For example, your members can learn how to bring drama to a moment using Slo-mo or capture a sunrise with time-lapse or hyperlapse. The on site sessions let attendees collaborate with others to set up and practice different shot types on location. Art Walk: Drawing from Observation, where attendees can learn how being mindful of people, objects, or places in their  surroundings will help them add interesting details to their drawings. Better yet, iPad Pro and Apple Pencil devices will be provided for on-site sessions. Finally, Photo Skills: Photography on iPhone can help any iPhone user increase their photographing skills. 

Whether your sessions are remote or on-site, Today at Apple offers techniques to make your projects their best.

https://www.apple.com/today/

Special Offer – AirTamer Air Cleaner: 30% Discount

The AirTamer A302 High Performance Personal Air Purifier is the world’s most effective personal air purifier and is certified to filter 875% more air pollutants than its closest competitor. This unit’s design is ultra compact and incredibly versatile which allows anyone to wear it around their neck (strap included), or clip it to a shirt or blouse (includes integral clip), or stand it freely on a nightstand, desk or table so the air around me is clean. AirTamer is the only personal air purifier in the world to be CARB certified, EPA registered and tested effective with viruses.
While AirTamer A302 is regularly $79.99(US), Apple user group members can use the coupon code at checkout to save 30% off any of the AirTamer products.
See your User Group Ambassador for discount code.
This worldwide offer is valid through May 31, 2022.

Meeting Idea: Set up a Medical ID in the Health app

Your members might enjoy learning about ways that the Health app can make their lives better. One nice tip covers the way that members can set up information that can be accessed from their iPhone’s Lock screen via Medical ID. Why? First responders can access the information if an emergency occurs, saving precious time during a medical response. Better yet, set up is easy.

Ambassadors, this could make for a great part of a medical themed meeting.

Set up Medical ID on iPhone

Make an emergency call from a locked iPhone

Make an emergency call on Apple Watch

 

Meeting Idea: Apple Celebrates Heart Month with new resources

Apple has a number of new resources as part of a celebration of Heart Month. On the App Store  HeartWatch (Tantsissa), Gentler Streak (Gentler Stories), and Zones (Flask) can help your members to optimize their fitness and overall wellness. Apple Books, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts there are offerings that focus on heart health, including  heart science, emotional well-being, and healthy eating. Wondering about the current Apple health research projects? This month offers some preliminary insights regarding the the Apple Heart and Movement Study, The report comes out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in collaboration with the American Heart Association and Apple.

Ambassadors, February is a great month to use heart health as a meeting topic.

Apple celebrates Heart Month with new resources across services

KansasFest 2022: 30+ Years and Going Strong

KansasFest 2022, the premier annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 19–24, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year marks the 34th time that this event, an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, an exhibition hall, and camaraderie, has been held.

KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s event. In upcoming weeks, the KansasFest web site will announce registration details, so keep an eye on the site listed below.

KansasFest is an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, an exhibition hall, and camaraderie. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995.

Keep an eye on the site as the committee decides on a virtual or in-person format (or a combination of the two) and offerings.

KansasFest 2022

AWUGU: Report about AUG Succession Planning by Tom Piper

Tom Piper
Report about AUG Succession Planning
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CT, on January 17, 2022, via Zoom. We had 30 participants for the topic of “AUG Succession Planning”. The 70-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/FvPMwP-0W-o (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call. I then provided a brief recap of my observations and experiences at the January 5-7, 2022, Consumer Electronic Show which hosted about 40,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors (it was noted that the online album of photos and videos, https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0aJqstnBJq0OgP, showed some exhibitors whose products it was hard to distinguish, which I agreed).
Dale Stephen of Mac-in-Awe Apple Users Group led the discussion about Succession Planning with a 9-slide presentation describing the importance of well-planned leadership. This was followed by experiences and suggestions by a number of other participants, then a second 6-slide presentation by George Rubin and Eckert Goette of Naples MacFriends Users Group Worldwide echoing the importance of dedicated officers. This was followed by the sharing of more experiences and suggestions by other user group leaders.

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